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Gunga Din and Other Favorite Poems

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Treasury of 44 poems evokes stirring images of British character and attitudes at the height of the Empire. "Gunga Din," "Danny Deever," "If--," "The White Man's Burden," "The Female of the Species," many others, filled with character study, dramatic incident and rousing language New Notes to the Text. Alphabetical lists of titles and first lines.
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Published August 1998 by Yestermorrow (first published 1892)
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Denise
Jan 08, 2008 Denise rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone who likes easily-readable poetry and can read in historical context
Shelves: reread
My girlfriend was suffering a migraine the other night, and I pulled this out to read to her; Kipling is unmatched at his command of the rhythms, sounds, and patterns of the English language. You absolutely have to read Kipling in the context of his times, but if you can manage to do that, an absolutely amazing progressive and universal light shines through his themes and his words ("nine and sixty ways of constructing tribal lays, and every single one of them is right") . You might also need Wi ...more
Roger
Aug 07, 2011 Roger rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Imperialistic, chauvinistic, sexist, and at times just plain racist, Kipling wrote poems from the self-aware Tommy's point of view. Beautifully composed, I really enjoyed them. If you can get past what was simply the attitude of the English at the time, you can find some heartwarming and endearing sentiments(and a few laughs).

The Absent-Minded Beggar

When you've shouted "Rule Britannia," when you've sung "God save the Queen"--
When you've finished killing Kruger with your mouth--
Will you kindly dr
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Katie Lumsden
Apr 06, 2016 Katie Lumsden rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Maybe 3.5. An interesting if problematic read, and nice to get back into some Victorian poetry.
Lenna
Aug 29, 2007 Lenna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: poerty
The first time I read The White Man's Burden I thought it was taking the piss. I still like to maintain this belief despite knowing it wasn't the intention. It's pretty funny.
Chris The Story Reading Ape
These used to be required reading when I went to school, but I doubt many people would appreciate them nowadays....pity...
Maureen
Kipling is another poet with a distinctive rhythm (like Poe) that makes for fun reading aloud. Try it.
Maryanne
Jun 09, 2013 Maryanne rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Gunga din was what my Aussie grandfather used to call me sometimes when I was covered in Mud wonderful poems
Nick Black
George Orwell has written about Rudyard Kipling far better than I could hope to. Go read his Essays.
Keith
Apr 19, 2009 Keith rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am not the greatest fan of poetry, but I couldn't stop reading this one. A what a fan of gunga din I am!
Ben
May 21, 2012 Ben rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed his poems better than his writings in the Jungle Books.
Nellie K.
I saw the movie Gunga Din and it was pretty good.
Lynda
Jun 19, 2009 Lynda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics
I like Kipling, but I love his poetry.
Ezra
Nov 24, 2010 Ezra marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Added mainly because of the Dylan song.
Juliet Gilchrist
Sep 13, 2009 Juliet Gilchrist rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love Kipling.
Tommy
May 31, 2013 Tommy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked it.
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tried at least.
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You're a better man than I am, Gunga Din!
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Joseph Rudyard Kipling was an English journalist, short-story writer, poet, and novelist.

Kipling's works of fiction include The Jungle Book (1894), Kim (1901), and many short stories, including "The Man Who Would Be King" (1888). His poems include "Mandalay" (1890), "Gunga Din" (1890), "The Gods of the Copybook Headings" (1919), "The White Man's Burden" (1899), and "If—" (1910). He is regarded as
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